Understanding Depression and Low Mood in Young People








Last updated on March 3, 2024 9:36 pm

Understand how to recognise depression and low mood in teenagers and learn how to help.

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Who is the course for?

The course has been specifically created for parents of young people with depression and low mood, teachers and primary (or other) healthcare professionals who play a role in detecting mental health difficulties and offering appropriate support and guidance to young people.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1: What does problematic low mood and depression look like?

Recognising the symptoms and causes of depression in young people

The impact on parents and carers

Understanding self-harm and minimising risk

Seeking help and treatment options

Week 2: Healthy habits for young people

Identifying the foundations of good mental health

Exploring the importance of sleep, eating, and physical activity

Week 3: Doing more of what matters

Introducing the concept of behavioural activation for young people

How to monitor activity and increase valued activities to get more reward from life

How to manage different views of what is a valued activity

Giving positive reinforcement and rewards

Week 4: Challenging thoughts

How thinking tricks us and keeps us stuck in low mood

Challenging thoughts

Helping your child find the facts, face the facts

Understanding that adults have negative thoughts too

Week 5: Family Communication & Self-Care, Planning for the Future and Getting More Help

Looking after yourself

Managing conflict

Dealing with communication problems and stress

Planning for the future, dealing with setbacks and solving problems

Getting more help

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…

Understand the key signs and symptoms of adolescent depression and how it may present itself

Identify how depression differs from low mood and other ‘normal’ mood fluctuations in teenagers

Describe key environmental and lifestyle factors which may contribute to depression in teenagers

Discuss what teenagers and carers can do to promote a healthier lifestyle within the family

Understand how a psychological approach can help us to better understand depression

Understand CBT and other key strategies that can be helpful for low mood

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